A person scrapes blue paint off a cupboard door.
- The definition of a scrape is an area that has been rubbed off, or an unhappy situation caused by your own actions.
- An example of a scrape is a skinned knee from falling on concrete.
- An example of a scrape is not having enough money for lunch when you left your wallet at home.
- Scrape is defined as to rub with something rough, abrasive or sharp.
- An example of scrape is using the rough side of a sponge to remove dried food from a dish.
- An example of scrape is stubbing your bare toe on the sidewalk.
transitive verbscraped, scrap′ing
- to rub over the surface of with something rough or sharp
- to make smooth or clean by rubbing with a tool or abrasive
- to remove by rubbing with something sharp or rough: with off, out, etc.
- to scratch or abrade by a rough, rubbing contact: to fall and scrape one's knee
- to rub with a harsh, grating sound: chalk scraping a blackboard
- to dig, esp. with the hands and nails
- to collect or gather slowly and with difficulty: to scrape together some money
Origin of scrapeMiddle English scrapen from Old Norse skrapa, akin to Dutch schrapen, Old English screpan, to scratch from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source scurf, sharp
- to scrape something so as to remove dirt, etc.
- to rub against something harshly; grate
- to give out a harsh, grating noise
- to collect or gather goods or money slowly and with difficulty
- to manage to get by; survive: with through, along, by
- to draw the foot back along the ground in bowing
- the act of scraping
- a scraped place; abrasion or scratch
- the noise of scraping; harsh, grating sound
- a disagreeable or embarrassing situation; predicament, esp. when caused by one's own conduct
- a fight or conflict
verbscraped, scrap·ing, scrapes
- To remove (an outer layer, for example) from a surface by forceful strokes of an edged or rough instrument: scraped the wallpaper off before painting the wall.
- To abrade or smooth by rubbing with a sharp or rough instrument.
- To rub (a surface) with considerable pressure, as with an edged instrument or a hard object.
- To draw (a hard or abrasive object) forcefully over a surface: scraped my fingernails down the blackboard.
- To injure the surface of by rubbing against something rough or sharp: scraped my knee on the sidewalk.
- To amass or produce with difficulty: scrape together some cash.
- To come into sliding, abrasive contact.
- To rub or move with a harsh grating noise.
- To give forth a harsh grating noise.
- To economize or save money by paying attention to very small amounts; scrimp.
- To succeed or manage with difficulty: scraped through by a narrow margin.
- a. The act of scraping.b. The sound of scraping.
- An abrasion on the skin.
- a. An embarrassing or difficult predicament.b. A fight; a scuffle. See Synonyms at brawl.
Origin of scrapeMiddle English scrapen from Old Norse skrapa ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present scrapes, present participle scraping, simple past and past participle scraped)
- To draw an object, especially a sharp or angular one, along (something) while exerting pressure.
- Her fingernails scraped across the blackboard, making a shrill sound.
- Scrape the chewing gum off with a knife.
- To injure or damage by rubbing across a surface.
- She tripped on a rock and scraped her knee.
- To barely manage to achieve.
- I scraped a pass in the exam.
- To collect or gather, especially without regard to the quality of what is chosen.
- Just use whatever you can scrape together.
- (computing) To extract data by automated means from a format not intended to be machine-readable, such as a screenshot or a formatted web page.
- To occupy oneself with getting laboriously.
- He scraped and saved until he became rich.
- To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or similar instrument.
- To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
- To express disapprobation of (a play, etc.) or to silence (a speaker) by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; usually with down.
- A broad, shallow injury left by scraping (rather than a cut or a scratch).
- He fell on the sidewalk and got a scrape on his knee.
- A fight, especially a fistfight without weapons.
- He got in a scrape with the school bully.
- An awkward set of circumstances.
- I'm in a bit of a scrape "” I've no money to buy my wife a birthday present.
- (UK, slang) A D and C or abortion; or, a miscarriage.
- A shallow depression used by ground birds as a nest; a nest scrape.
From Middle English scrapen, from Old Norse skrapa (“to scrape, scratch") and Old English scrapian (“to scrape, scratch"), both from Proto-Germanic *skrapÅnÄ…, *skrepanÄ… (“to scrape, scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *skreb-, *skrep- (“to engrave"). Cognate with Dutch schrapen (“to scrape"), German schrappen (“to scrape"), Danish skrabe (“to scrape"), Icelandic skrapa (“to scrape"), Walloon screper (“to scrape"), Latin scribÅ (“dig with a pen, draw, write").